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that just for day-to-day living seems to me this is a bad sign. >> sure. it's a sign that the economy is still weak and that any policies that take money out of the hands of the middle class and that lee deuce their disposable income is going to have a negative impact on the economy, and it comes as an opportune time for policymakers in washington as they contemplate the sequester cuts which currently constituted hits the middle class hard, further weakens the economy. it's the wrong thing to do right now. what we should do is alternate ways. adam: alternate, i got to ask you, it's a perfect storm of bad news. about to cut, the sequester cuts in government spending, people lose jobs, less money out there. they can't cut taxes again or can they and should they? >> what we need to do right now is think about alternatives to the sequester cuts and the solution, i think, is for republicans in congress to recognize that tax breaks and other spending programs in the tax code are the equivalent of government spending program, and if they encyst on cutting government and reducing the size of
around, stock market near all-time highs, housing market recovering and the economy adding jobs every month. now relief may have given way to a little bit of worry. here's why. it's starting to feel like a recession again, especially if you're living paycheck to paycheck, gas prices up nearly 50 cents in the past month. the fastest run-up, you're bringing homeless money, thanks to the expiration of the tax cut. you're getting about 60 bucks less every month. rents are rising, up 12 quarters in a row now. unemployment is still too high. if you were counting on an early tax refupd you have had to wait. because of the fiscal cliff fiasco, the irs did not start issuing refund checks until january 30th. a stretched consumer, a consumer who has no choice but to cut back. big companies you work for say this is already happening. this week, walmart, the proxy for the american consumer says february sales were slow. why? it blamed gas prices, the end of the payroll tax holiday and those delayed tax refunds. that's what we know. washington to the rescue? of course not. on friday comes austerity
and his team realized that they can't get to their spending nirvana without getting this economy growing. and the economy is hobbling along, even if slow runners can across the finish line. neil: we may be back to levels of the market where we were five years ago. but it has been a steady climb back to worst -- excuse me, from the worse. net net, is a good barack obama? >> yes, i am for it. we are all investors. we all want to see this thing improve. i agree with bob that economics is about choices. neil: i do buy your argument about the slowly inching back economy here. not in the gangbuster fashion, but enough to compel money that has been nervous. and sitting on the sidelines come back in. but the way it is being committed is not to expand plans and operations as much as it is to retrench buying out a competitor. you're really not expanding your business but you're really just retention the existing business. you are not heralding the success of what is going on. you could argue it is part of the bunker mentality. explain the mechanics of what is happening. >> i think you're absolutel
idea. the effects on the economy is clear. the economic recovery is being held back by washington. goldman sachs chief u.s. economist out with a new report, saying that the economy will continue to go well below its potential. most consumers probably weren't aware of the hit to their disposable income until they receive their mid-january paycheck. one republican pollster in a new report rights that we have entered a new phase for the dysfunction and paralysis in washington is having a significant impact on how consumers feel about the overall state of the economy and their personal financial situation. the drop in consumer confidence, he says, is directly related to a lack of competence in our current political leaders. consumer confidence has taken a hit, a big one since post-world war ii history. already there is evidence of a slowdown in consumer spending. reports that wal-mart had its worst start to its month in seven years. the payroll tax hikes may be starting to bite. gas prices are up 51 cents in the last two months. prices are up every single day since the middle of janua
trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. >> at 20 minutes past the hour, i have your fox news minute. a south african judge has allowed oscar pistorious to go free on $113,000 bail. the track star is charged with the murder of his girlfriend on valentine's day. oscar pistorious says he shot the model accident late thinking she was a intruder in his house. prosecutors say it was premeditated murder. a fire department official says only the flight team was on board the chopper when it went down. it was heading to pick up a patient 70 miles away. cuban president has raised the possibility of retiring, but did not say when he may make that decision. the 82-year-old leader made the comment in savanna. those are your headlines on the fox business network. back to ashley. ashley: all right. thank you very much. shibani: representatives from boeing meeting with the faa today. solutions for the battery fires that have grounded the 7873 minor. peter barnes is in washington. peter: top boeing executives are expected to propose a new design for
's a measure of the overall economy. wal-mart took in less money. wal-mart sales were down. wal-mart tells the economy's story. what's going on here? well, start with gas prices, up again today, by the way. up nearly 50 cents this year, you can't spend at wal-mart when your gas costs so much more, so suddenly. and then there's taxes up for everyone as of january the 1st. you spend less when your paycheck shrinks, throw in rising unemployment and a president who wants another round of tax hikes and you've got a weak economy. telling me, really? is it all the republicans fault? "varney & company" is about to begin. [ male announcer] surprise -- you're having iplets. [ babies crying ] surprise -- your house was built on an ancient burial ground. [ ghosts moaning ] surprise -- your car needs a new ansmission. [ coyote how ] how about no more surprises? now you can get all the online trading tools you need without any surprise fees. ♪ it's not rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >> all eyes on the market this morning. question, will the selloff continue? remember, two
/bowles a serious plan. tonight i'll expose how it's seriously going to kill the economy. liberals, hold your ground. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole? >> the president takes his case to the people as the two salesmen for republican austerity are mobbed by protesters. >> pay your share of taxes. >> pay your tax. >> tonight, "time's" michael grunwald, jonathan alter and katrina vanden heuvel on how to dismantle the austerity bomb. >> 10,000 bucks? >>> the godfather of the conservative movement offers romney pocket change to anyone who can save the republican party. i'll show you why it's a lost cause. >>> plus, a virginia pizza shop owner uses a sick promotion to sell pies and push the nra agenda. >>> the beltway press takes their eye off the ball, complaining about bohm and tiger woods. the least popular senator is desperately attacking ashley judd. and david corn, the co-author of "hubris" and co-author of the msnbc documentary tells me what was left out. >> i
. stuart: tell me the truth. do you think that president obama really values growth for our economy or redistribution of the wealth? >> i think he's far more in the camp of redistribution than growth. and his central campaign theme he made clear was redistributing wealth and he's done it, kept his promise. >> let me read this for you. the congressman henry waxman demands more executive orders from the president. in a letter to the white house, waxman wants the president to issue new regulations on everything from power plants to oil refineries and even household appliances. henry waxman, a member of congress, he wants the president to go around congress with his voice. >> we have the separation of powers in this country. something that's hugely important. with a waxman is recommending and i recognize just waxman represents to me a liberal, too. and i'm against conservative or moderate as liberal. but the idea of president going around congress to get things done, especially when he gets up in his state of the union and says that the sequester is not his work, but the work of congres
right. the cuts are not smart. they're not fair. they're going to hurt the economy. but what the president didn't mention, that the sequester, that was his idea in the first place. >> not smart, not fair. it was his idea? let's keep adding it up, boys. today john boehner fired off his latest shot in this blame game. he took to the pages of the "wall street journal" to accuse the president of the united states of creating a financial crisis. boehner said the president's sequester is now eminent. but the daily beast website released some information today to knock down boehner's accusations. you see, back in 2011, boehner's office developed a power point presentation for house republicans. it was a two-step approach, but it actually contained three steps. first of all, no tax hikes. of course that's typical. spending cuts extending the debt ceiling increase, and spending caps. but while pushing those spending caps, boehner did what? he highlighted a special trigger mechanism -- sequestration. boehner was selling this idea to his caucus as a good way to make sure that they were
to do a whole host of things that are going to be not crushing the economy at a time when it is very fragile as it is. so there are certain things i think we can agree upon but right now, there is act absolute gridlock. washington is a mess. we need to work together in a truly bipartisan manner as americans first with our backs against the economic wall. we need to do it together and i don't see anything like that happening anytime soon. sandra: so, kevin, senator brown sounds very doubtful right now. maybe the timing is a little bit different this time around? we're days from the deadline of the sequester on march 1st. maybe now the pressure will help something get done and maybe they will take a second look at the simpson-bowles plan number two? >> we can hope so i think really what is going on here that bowles and simpson are tired of, you know, basically being a front for president obama's inaction and so they have come out with a proposal that, you know, sure there is 600 billion more in tax revenues than republicans would like, but it is not that bad of a proposal compared to c
a question on everyone's mind -- how do we get the economy to grow from here? no one knows better than the leaders of corporate america. joining on set this morning, 32 adviser ceo robert wolfe. we'll have hanes celestial ceo irwin simon. and the kraft group president, jonathan kraft. >>> on the lighter side of things, spring is around the corner. that must meantime for baseball. white sox vice president ken williams will join us to talk business on and off the diamond coming up at 8:40 eastern time. >>> an interesting mix of topics in rotation today. first, let's get over to andrew with the top headlines. >> thanks. >>> boeing reportedly found a way to fix battery problems with its grounded 787. here's what's happening. involves increasing the space between cells in the battery. a source tells reuters the gaps between the cells were why there was overheating. we'll talk about that in a bit. >>> in other news on boeing, the company's engineers are split on a contract. the largest professional group approved the planemaker's latest contract offer. but members of a smaller technical unio
at the pump for the last month. joining us in the next hour, oil man boone pickens. so the economy is at the top of the hour. andrew will get you up to speed on the day's other headlines. >> hedge fund manager david einhorn is taking his apple campaign directly to shareholders. he's going to be hosting a conference call today to argue the merits of distributing hedging preferred stock which, of course, is what this big debate is about. einhorn is battling and seeking an injunction next week to abolish a system for issuing preferred stock. i got a letter overnight from the nation's foundation which has a stake in apple and they are pushing back against david einhorn, something we should probably talk about a little later. >> we will. >> also in the news this morning, boeing is expected to meet with the faa tomorrow and launch a formal plan to get its grounded 787 back into service. the company will be proposing a resign of the dreamliner's batteries. officials say the jets could be back in the air within two months. >>> finally, appear highser bush, inbev want a court to grant a sho
that depend on them, or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthiest americans and biggest corporations? that's the choice. are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole? are you willing to have teachers laid off or kids not have access to head start? or deeper cuts in student loan programs? just because you want to protect the special tax interest loophole that the vast majority of americans don't benefit from. that's the choice. that's the question. and this is not an abstraction. there are people whose livelihoods are at stake. there are communities that will be impacted in a negative way. i know that sometimes all this squabbling in washington seems very abstract. and in the abstract, people like the idea, you know, there must be some spending we can cut. there must be some waste out there. there absolutely is, but this isn't the right way to do it. so my door is open. i put cuts an
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to slow the rate of growth on a per capital ya basis to the rate of growth of the economy. in our opinion, that takes about $600 billion to do over a ten-year period. and it does such things as paying for incentives go to pay for quality rather than quantity. it has real cost sharing in there. it happens has mean testing. it has appropriate saving in there in order to take account of, you know, the aging of the population. >> not premium support or vouchers? >> no. we don't think that's something you have to go to in addition to slow the rate of growth to the rate of growth on the economy on a per capital basis. >> simon. >> i just wonder what you and your guests think about whether the ground is shifting on actually getting a deal, on getting something into law. in 45 minutes' time, president obama is going to attempt to pitch the jobs for firefighters over the sequester against further taxing of the rich. he clearly feels that he has greater political freedom in his second term. he has this huge organization attempt to go mobilize outside the beltway and the gop seems very divided. is t
economy will see back-to-back years of contraction for the first time. of course, now the focus turns to the weekend's italian elections. overnight in asia. shanghai is closing out its worst weekly loss in two years. nikkei managing to close higher. road map this morning starts with the markets. we' results from aig and upgrade for home depot helping stocks today, and hewlett-packard. >> hp is popping pre-market on the back of the earnings. sigh of relief for the investors as the company showed some progress with its turn-around. david will have the exclusive with meg whitman in just a few minutes. >> more signs of consumer trouble. nordstrom gives a weak outlook. darden revising lower its outlook for the year. >>> we start off with the markets. pointing to a big rally today as the market recovers from fears that the fed will halt its easing process sooner than expected. this after stocks post their biggest two-day drop of the year, closing at two and a half-week lows in the heaviest vim trading day in 2013. >> i feel that there were some calls yesterday on dennis garvin saying 100% c
laid out for republicans. it's not just the economy that will suffer from the looming cuts next week. that's march 1st. national security will as well and it's seriously at risk. >> already the threat of these cuts has forced the navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the persian gulf, and as our military leaders have made clear, changes like this, not well thought through, not phased in properly, changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in unstable parts of the world. >> governor rendell, i just wonder what you think would be the situation, the scenario, if it comes to this. we pick up our paper some day and the newspaper said, carrier group can't make it to persian gulf for lack of funding. i mean, i just wonder if we're ready to face something -- i don't think we ever faced that in world war ii, in korea, in vietnam. we're unable to fight the wars we're in. >> chris, overall it's an incredibly bad situation for the country, and we can argue over who deserves the blame for this, and there's probably blame to go around, but right now the r
as holdings elsewhere outside, the teal in china, et cetera, what does it say about the global economy? >> we see everything for our business. it's continuing to do okay. you know. we have a big operation in japan. we're still doing reasonably okay in japan. china's a great growth opportunity as you saw for us. looking at brazil and other countries like that, and the u.s. market also is a good market so, you know, don't count out the u.s., so we're here. we've got to figure out some of the issues with product which we have. peter hancock has done an excellent job of bringing risk management into the u.s. marketplace so we're pretty comfortable we'll see growth around the world, and the economies so far have not really dramatically affected our business. >> bob benmosche, nice to have you on the program. >> thanks you. >> president and ceo of aing a. >>> up next, bob pisani and up next a u.s. executive calls french executives lazy. how about that. this is real, folks. he's got up in a public battle with the french. stay with us. you won't want to miss that. ss? at fidelity, we do it by merging
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our overall economy use less oil. and we've got fewer oil imports now than we have in a very long time, but there's more work to do and unfortunately because of worldwide demand, oil prices are going to keep on going up and down until we put in place some of the energy saving proposals that i have talked about during the the state of the union. stuart: all right, a fairly simple answer from the president and energy policies, follow my policies and all will be well. remember, the price is doubled on his watch and billions wasted on green energy, little impact. we've got more on that coming up on the show. here is what we've got now, across the board cuts go through maybe march 1st will we therefore sell off on the stock market. that's on the opening bell next. it's a new day. if your a man with low testostero, you should know that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t. that's right, the one you apply to the underarm. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axironan transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may bec
people have been coming from mexico. and part of that is the bad economy in the u.s. there's just fewer jobs. part of that is a good economy in mexico. part of it's our enforcement. and of course, drug cartels and the drug war in mexico have played a huge role. >> but james, republicans are going to have to talk about border security, border security, border security to sell the other part of this. we saw john mccain and jeff flake, the two senators from arizona, having to sort of go back and forth and back and forth and slowly move their constituents along. and the way they do that is by talking tough on the border. >> yes. and this is politics playing out. right after the election, even sean hannity said well, maybe i'm for some kind of a border thing. the people in the republican party voting in these republican primaries, they're not sold on this. and i think senator mccain found that when he went back to arizona. it's going to happen time and time again. and they do have to bring them along. >> it's going to be tough in louisiana, too, isn't it? >> very. >> mary landrieu. is mary,
, even though republicans themselves admit those cuts would hurt our economy and endanger our national security. take a listen. >> you have really been strongly saying that we've got to overt where this is going. what can listeners around the country do to deal with this pending crisis. we're looking at eight days from now a major problem if we can't turn it around. >> so basically, what's happened is yeah, the republicans, back in 2011, threatened to default on the government paying its bills, unless we instituted a deficit reduction plan of $1.2 trillion. and what the deal was, the cuts were going to be so harmful, democrats and republicans would come together to find a more sensible way to reduce the debt with tax revenue and spending cuts. obviously, congress has not been able to make such progress. the republicans have said they don't want to do anymore revenue, even if it's just a matter of closing tax loopholes for some of the wealth yesz americans and well-connected corporations in the country. and so the danger is is that this will weaken the recovery. we'll see hundreds of th
as they are released. and president obama says we have to grow the economy, create good jobs and everybody will find out why raising the minimum wage might have just the opposite effect. liz: just a few hour g hours age was hit by a cyber attack. earlier today an alarming report was released claiming china's military, the government military has been hacking into a lot of american companies and organizations, 140 plus. is there a hacking war being waged? the chairman of the company that spotted it and found it. a company that put out the report, the ceo of the company to help defend against these tests come back attacks. david: the possible move to take it private is dell. how do they do? ashley: on earnings per share, $0.40, the aspect was 39. on the revenue, 13.3 billion. a beat on the revenue as well. there are some other numbers as we delve into this, consumer revenue for the quarter was down 24%. they will not be giving a quarterly outlook because of the efforts to take the company private, but certainly a beat on the earnings and revenues. david: let's go to mark sebastian. dell is doing pret
enforcement, even food inspection. and there are big worries about how it will hit the u.s. economy. >>> his side of the story. an emotional oscar pistorius in court for the first time. what he says really happened the night his girlfriend was killed. >>> and the brazen diamond heist at the airport right on the tarmac. a huge game of deception, $50 million worth of diamonds gone without a trace. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams." >> good evening. it's an explosive allegation, and it's what we've all been warned about for years since the dawn of the computer age. a u.s. security firm says over 140 targets in this country have been hit electronically by a branch of the chinese military. big companies, you name it, some of the best-known brand names in the u.s. but more troubling than that is the idea that chinese hackers could reach into american society. the systems that run the country, our infrastructure and preserve order like power systems, air traffic, financial industry. it's a sweeping r
't miss pine river's ceo brian taylor. on our radar this morning, we have earnings and the economy. the national home of home builders releases its numbers for fen. after the bell, you have dell that's going to be a focus. the company in the middle of a buyout battle. it's going to be posting quarterly results after the close. our guest hoefs host this morning is sure to have an opinion on all these stories and many others, as well. the always forthcoming ken langone will be joining us on set starting at 7:00 eastern as our guest host for two hours. squawk will be hopping behind the wheel this morning. a week ago, there was a huge controversy that erupted over the tells sla. today our own phil lebeau will be taking the vehicle to boston. we'll get to all this in just a moment. andrew has the morning's top headlines. welcome back. >> thank you, becky. let's talk about the big headlines this morning. the office depot is in talk toes merge with smaller rival office max. expected to be a stock for stokz transaction. the deal could come as early as this week. kayla tousche will be joini
for you. >> and tonight as the american economy burns, i am happy to report that president barack obama successfully completed his 116th round of golf since taking the oath for office and accomplished that that earlier today vacationing in florida on your dime and do so as we speak, more than 12 million americans are looking for work. there are 47 million families dependent on stood stamps, the national debt is a staggering 16 1/2 trillion dollars, 6 of which president obama tacked on by his lonesome. while he's busy working on his golf game, the march sequestration deadline is closer and closer 1.2 trillion in cuts will penalize our pentagon. and the round of golf played one day after our commander-in-chief found time in his busy schedule to hit the links with none other than serial philanderer tiger woods. and the first lady is taking advantage of the tax dollars, on a ski trip in colorado. as far as the outing with president obama and the world famous golfer don't expect to see any video, the white house prohibited from covering the anointed one's activities this weekend. the followi
'll hurt our economy. they'll raise the unemployment rate. and the reason is because congress has not been able to compromise on a deficit reduction package that's more sensible. >> yesterday the president insisted sudden across-the-board spending cuts would be unnecessary and damaging and he made sure that first responders were there to punctuate the message. let's watch and listen. >> border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. fbi agents will be furloughed. federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. >> and keeping up the drum beat, house minority leader nancy pelosi will hold hearings on how middle class families could be hurt by the spending cuts that could kick in march 1st. joining me is u.s. congressman adam schiff of california. i was so impressed by the way you explained all of this this morning on msnbc. i'd like you to do it again. your take on what this fight is about coming u
the bills the government has already accrued. the country about and the economy again on the brink. hours before that self-imposed economic doomsday for us and the planet, the president announces that a deal has been struck. it was close and unpleasant, and it was all on purpose. that was july. by september, same year, another threatened government shutdown. this time it was the senate that had to find its way back from the edge of catastrophe, but they did it with something like 90 minutes to spare. then this past december, let's all go back to the brink. congressional republicans threatening an avalanche of tax hikes and other recession-inducing budget cuts. it's the fiscal cliff, look out! congressional republicans blew right past the new year's eve deadline and then after the sky was supposed to have fallen, a deal was made shortly thereafter to retroactively avert said disaster. remember all that? well, here we are again, back at the brink again. do brinks wear out if you use them too much? for the seventh time since winning the majority congressional republicans are holding the gove
back when s&p closes. but how much of a drag that putting into the economy and market as well? >> at this point not so much, because it is early on. as long as the ga hangs around $4, that is where we're at in chicago land area, 3.80 in the country, the more it stays up the more of a drag it will put on there i don't know the exact correlation when you see gas prices at $4, the equities pull back. david: we'll check in with you a few minutes when the s&p futures close. >> thank you. sandra: thanks, dan. let's bring in our market panel. harry shover joining us in studio for a change and steven sachs. larry, you saw the dow finishing positive for the week but the s&p snapping a seven-week winning streak. are you in the camp that we may be in for a correction here in the stock market? >> yeah, sandra, i do believe it is well overdue we'll have a correction. the bigger story remains in place. valuations are good. the economy is trudging along. i do believe we'll see 1550 in the s&p by the end of the year but we have gone up too far and too fast and we are overdue for a correction.
paid more and have the so-called knowledge economy are able to get more. and then this relentless -- and this is the point, we talk a lot about jobs, we don't talk enough about incomes -- this relentless downward pressure on the average worker competing across the globe, not being able to get wage increases. what's happening with unions. we're now talking about the minimum wage and so forth. and so what's also interesting, if you look at the 2011 numbers which came out, you see something -- a slightly different pattern, which is the bottom 99% still going down, down minus 1.3%. they lost another $150 on their average income. but to your point, willie, the top has actually went down a little bit in that year as well. 0.6% for the top 1%, 6.7% for the top 1%. nobody is going to take up a collection for these guys. they have $23 million of average income. but this is probably a function of the fact that the stock market did not have a great year in 2011. >> those charts, those two combined charts, that is a prescription for social dynamite. i mean, the fuse is burning. >> and the fus
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to you? >> it says that the economy must be strong or we have real strong tensions in the middle east again. the economy getting stronger is the more likely scenario. cheryl: gentlemen, thanks to all of you. i appreciate it. thank you for being on our floor show. sony playstation four will be available in 2013. playstation4 features new graphics, social and mobile technologies and a new controller. the only thing missing is the playstation four from last night unveiled. joining me now is the ceo and president. >> i did not know how excited people would be about a hunk of plastic. cheryl: did you do that on purpose, though, to not show? >> i guess, you know, it is something we really did not focus on that much. you look at the machine when you put the disc in and made you look at the screen. shame on us. cheryl: next launch, have the consul ready. the ps3 faced a lot of criticism because of its price. will you price this will lower? kind of get some consumers back, if you will. >> i think we are very conscious of the price evaluation. if you look at the playstation three today, it is $
gasoline prices to be the big threat to the economy right now. >> i knew i should have filled up yesterday. this is going to keep going up. a pair of big earnings coming your way at the top of the hour. dell and herbalife both set to report. we'll have instant analysis of all those numbers right here on the "closing bell." >> before all that, let's check the markets here as we approach this final hour for the day. the dow jones industrial average up 45 points. just shy of the high of the day. about a third of the% higher at 13,426. nasdaq also strong and technology one of the winners. certainly the nasdaq up a half a percent and the s&p 500 looks like this. take a look. similar chart pattern, just shy of the high of the gain with a gain on the standard & poor's of nine points. >> the s&p coming off an historic week after ending a seventh weekly win, gain. the last time the index opened the year was seven consecutive weekly gains. was in 1967. plus, the dow right now is closing in on its all-time high. roughly we're a little less than 150 points away right now and holding above 14,000 so fa
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